We've all been a part of the discourse on how often you should wash your hair. It's an age-old debate, and though I’d personally love nothing more than to only have to do it once a week, unfortunately, my long, thick mane requires an every-other-day cleanse. The only solution I’ve found comes in the form of the best shampoos for oily hair, which at least prolong a wash by two or, if I’m really lucky, three days.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to balance an oily scalp. Stylists recommend washing your hair less frequently, so dry shampoo is a godsend in that department. Also, keeping your brush clean prevents you from transferring oil onto your freshly-washed hair. Try not to touch it, and use as little styling products as possible. And obviously, only condition the ends — or skip conditioner altogether, if your hair is healthy enough.
If your scalp is prone to overproducing oil, it might feel dirty even if it's freshly washed, and it may even feel itchy or sore. Acne and dandruff can accompany a chronically oily scalp, as can seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, and fungus, which can sometimes lead to hair loss. This is why, if you have an oily scalp or hair, it’s vital that you’re using the right shampoo.
So whether you’re looking for a two-in-one treatment that also conditions, an all-natural salt-based paste, or a salicylic acid shampoo to treat severe itching, there’s a formula on this list to suit every need and hair type.